The Pursuit of Attention – Quotes

The pursuit of attention is now emerging as one of the electric organizing principles of American life. Not only are people pursuing attention in new ways, but there is evidence that we have begun to restructure our culture – including even our politics and economy – around the idea of attention as a glittering ultimate recognition and reward. Celebrities are the icons, but the pursuit of attention is now being diffused and institutionalized, hardwired into our beings through new systems of media, business, and technology, and fueled by new, aching deprivations that prey on our psyches. The result is a spreading virus of prosaic but dehumanizing behavior that subtly alienates us from one another and turns daily interactions into a veiled competition for recognition and respect.

– Introduction to The Pursuit of Attention, second edition, by Charles Derber. 1979, 2000

All my stripper friends
All my ex-boyfriends
We all want the same thing
We all want the same thing
Parties in the bar, reaching for the stars
We all want the same thing

All My Stripper Friends, Tila Tequila

Graphing Celebrity Data from Media Orchard – Jessica Simpson Really is BIG

Celebrity_photos_pie_chart_1 Via Media Orchard Post on US Weekly Photos, via U. N. Spacey, we get some interesting celebrity stalking consumer celebrity preference data that needed some charting.  Here is the data:

Celeb Photos Gender
Jessica Simpson 209 Female
Jennifer Aniston 183 Female
Angelina Jolie 98 Female
Paris Hilton 95 Female
Nicole Richie 90 Female
Lindsay Lohan 89 Female
Brad Pitt 87 Male
Britney Spears 69 Female
Nick Lachey 61 Male
Katie Holmes 51 Female

Celbrity_male_vs_femaleThe gender graph is also interesting to point out in light of the recent PEW Internet report indicating that women are the majority of Internet users.  Either there is a difference in the sort of thing people search for (No WAY!) or perhaps women also buy based on female photos and lead stories.  But if that were true then People and Vogue would mostly have women on the cover.  A clear case of gender in advertising bias. Um….er….  So much for Marlon Brando.  Zeitgeist backs this theory up as well in that while Internet searchers may be mostly female, but like women’s suffrage, there is no gender loyalty and everyone thinks for themselves regardless. (Although men apparently don’t search for men much despite the PEW report never mentioning sex in their report).

Now, if Media Orchard can define the publicists of ALL of the celebrities it would be interesting to see the same gender chart for the publicists.  Or rather, the professional counsels on public relations for the entertainment industry.

And speaking of social software, a minor but relevant feedback loop that supports the photos in US Weekly is from this page on style:’s most-clicked celebrities

Beyonce Knowles >
Chloë Sevigny >
Jennifer Lopez >
Paris Hilton >
Sarah Jessica Parker >

As is the case frequently with public relations, this post asks more questions than it answers.  But at least we have some visual graphing to help our visual brains process the questions.